Speaker Bio - Jon RipansOver the last two decades, Jon Ripans has developed diverse experience as anattorney, property tax advocate, commercial real estate appraiser, and trained neutral.With this rare cross-disciplinary perspective, he has been invited to speak on propertyvaluation, dispute resolution, and tax hearing procedure before a wide range ofaudiences, including the American Bar Association/IPT Annual Conference, the IPT,Georgia Association of Assessing Officials, the Georgia Department of Revenue, andthe Georgia State University School of Law. Jon has also published articles with theDispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Georgia and with the IPT.Jon is the Secretary of the Property Tax Committee of the Real Property Law Sectionof the State Bar of Georgia and is a registered Arbitrator and General Mediator. He isthe founder and principal at The Ripans Law Firm LLC and at Valuation MattersLLC. Jon works on real estate and business valuation, property tax and relatedmatters with an array of law and appraisal clients, including banks, FDIC contractors,real estate owners, and investors. A Candidate for Appraisal Institute Designation,Jon has also successfully completed and is listed on the Institute’s ProfessionalDevelopment Program Registry for the Valuation of Conservation Easements.As a Certified General Real Property Appraiser, the highest level of professionalcertification under state and federal law, Jon has evaluated $1.5 billion of commercialreal estate from Texas to Florida to New York. He has appraised a variety ofproperties from shopping centers to mixed-use developments to a private airport. Jonhas served as an expert witness and litigation consultant in property tax and real estatevaluation cases.Jon also serves as a court-appointed property tax arbitrator/referee. As one of the first20 property tax Hearing Officers in Georgia, Jon conducted the state’s first propertytax appeal under the newly-minted County Hearing Officer regime.Jon holds a B.A. in Government from Cornell University, a J.D. from the Universityof Georgia, and an M.B.A in Finance from Georgia State University. He clerked onthe United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and interned at the SupremeCourt of Georgia. Jon lives in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.